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Great train journeys in Australia below.

The Ghan from Adelaide via Alice Springs to Darwin vv.
The Indian Pacific from Sydney to Perth vv.
The Sunlander from Brisbane to Cairns vv.
XPT from Sydney to Brisbane or Sydney to Melbourne vv
The Tilt Train from Brisbane to Hervey Bay vv.


The Ghan Train AustraliaThis transcontinental adventure offers an unsurpassed view of Australia - North to South over three unforgettable days. Travel by rail between Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin and you are embarking on one of the great train journeys of the world. Named after the Afghan cameleers who once traversed this route, The Ghan will take you from one edge of this continent to the other, through the very centre of Australia. A journey on The Ghan is an incomparable way to travel to the two jewels of Australia's Northern Territory – the Red Centre and the tropical Top End. No journey aboard The Ghan is complete without taking in both of these must-see destinations. The Ghan's timetable makes the most of the daylight hours to offer unsurpassed views of the passing landscape. From the sweeping Adelaide Plains unfolding before your eyes to the majestic Flinders Ranges, this first stage of the journey offers a perspective on South Australia you simply can't afford to miss.

Each new day begins with a fresh panorama of this changing landscape. Red earth and cobalt blue skies – the essence of Central Australia takes on a character of its own with every passing hour. Leave the train in Alice Springs to tour locations close to Australia’s heart with Whistle Stop and Optional Tours. These tours, which last from a few hours to a few days, include an extraordinary range of opportunities for discovering the region’s most fascinating sites. Entering the Top End, the landscape mellows with subtropical flora staking its claim over the passing scenery. Whistle Stop Tours in the northern town of Katherine offer you the opportunity to experience the inspiring wonders of Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) before your rail journey concludes in tropical Darwin, the relaxed capital city of Australia's Northern Territory. Of course, you can always travel from Darwin to Adelaide - it’s just as impressive

Classes of travel are Red Service day/night seat, Platinum Service, Gold Service Sleeper.

Australia Ghan RouteAdelaide to Alice Springs
Distance 1559 kms
Overnight service
Depart: Adelaide 1220 on Sundays
Arrive: Alice Springs 1345 on Mondays

Adelaide to Darwin
Distance 2979 kms
2 nights
Depart: Adelaide 1220 on Sundays
Arrive: Darwin 1730 on Tuesdays

Alice Springs to Darwin
Distance 1460 kms
Overnight service
Depart: Alice Springs 1800 on Mondays
Arrive: Darwin 1730 on Tuesdays


Indian Pacific Train AustraliaTravelling between the Indian and Pacific oceans for over 40 years, this truly is one of the world's great train journeys.

Named after the two great oceans it joins and symbolised by the magnificent wedge-tailed eagle that so often soars above it, the mighty Indian Pacific traverses 4,352km (2,698 miles) between Perth and Sydney. More than three million guests have already enjoyed this epic journey, which spans a continent, travelling the whole distance in three days and three nights. Setting off from Perth, your train climbs through the scenic Avon Valley and into Western Australia's expansive wheat belt, before arriving late evening at your first stop in the city of Kalgoorlie.

Next day, you'll discover the landscape takes on a richer hue as the journey moves through the mallee scrub into the ancient Nullarbor Plain, with the landscape unmarked by the passing millennia. Stepping off during a brief pause at Cook in the middle of the Nullarbor Plain, you will experience Australia's vast open spaces from a unique perspective. Arriving in Adelaide the following morning you can choose to break your journey for a few days touring this picturesque city, or continue directly on to Broken Hill, with its countless tales of riches won and lost. From here you'll travel through some of Australia's most productive farming country and into the arid outback as the sun sets. Next morning is the finale of your journey through the spectacular Blue Mountains. Naturally, you can also do this journey from Sydney to Perth – it’s just as unforgettable. Whether your final destination on the Indian Pacific is west to Perth or east to Sydney, you’ll have many opportunities to leave the train and take in some of the region's highlights. With so many wonderful sights to enjoy, this isn’t just one of the longest train journeys in the world, but also one of the most memorable.

Classes of travel are Red Service day/night seat, Platinum Service, Gold Service Sleeper.

Australia Indian Pacific RoutePerth to Sydney
Distance 4352 kms
3 nights
Depart: Perth 1155 on Sundays
Arrive: Sydney 1015 on Wednesdays

Perth to Adelaide
Distance 2659 kms
2 nights
Depart: Perth 1155 on Sundays
Arrive: Adelaide 0720 on Tuesdays


Australia XTP trainIntroduced to CountryLink service in 1982 the XPT, short for "express passenger train", travels between Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Dubbo, Grafton and Casino. Its aerodynamic design and trademark "nose" make a distinctive impression as it cruises through the countryside. The XPT power car features a Paxman VP185 12-cylinder, turbo-charged diesel electric engine boasting 1492 kW or 2000 horsepower. There's a power car at each end of the train, one pulling and the other pushing.

XPT offer First class seats, Economy seats and First class Sleepers

Australia XPT train routeSydney to Brisbane
Distance 1053 kms
Overnight service
Departs: Sydney 1441 daily
Arrive: Brisbane 0453 daily

Daylight service
Departs: Sydney 0711 daily
Arrive: Brisbane 2234 daily

Sydney to Melbourne
Distance 1012 kms
Overnight service
Departs: Sydney 2030 daily
Arrive: Melbourne 0725 daily

Daylight service
Departs: Sydney 0732 daily
Arrive: Melbourne 1830 daily


The Sunlander Train AustraliaComfort, flexibility and a great social atmosphere have made 'The Sunlander' one of Australia's great journeys and a firm favourite with travellers between Brisbane and the Tropical North. With its two styles of travel, 'The Sunlander' caters for all travellers, from the very discerning to the budget conscious.

Queenslander Class is a premium, all inclusive* style of travel featuring comfortable, twin-berth accommodation; fine dining in an exclusive restaurant car; and a host of special touches for a memorable experience. Queensland Class offer an experience which is more than just a train journey, it's a first-hand glimpse into the state's heritage, culture, landscape and cuisine set against a backdrop of superb dining, first-class accommodation and exceptional onboard service. 'The Sunlander' also offers standard single, twin and triple berth sleeping accommodation and seats, all with access to tasty meals and refreshing drinks.

Sunlander Train RoutePassengers travelling Queenslander Class enjoy first class accommodation, fine dining in an exclusive restaurant car, entertainment, local commentary and a host of special touches such as comfy bathrobes and slippers. The dining experience is a highlight for Queenslander Class, with all passengers enjoying sumptuous three-course meals featuring the freshest local produce. The seafood platter served between Townsville and Cairns is undoubtedly the culinary highpoint of the journey for seafood lovers. The other styles of travel on 'The Sunlander' include single, double and triple berths and seats. All passengers have access to club and buffet cars for meals and refreshments, and a range of facilities.

Brisbane to Cairns
Distance 1681 kms
Overnight service
Departs: Brisbane 0900 Sun, 1325 Tues/Thur
Arrives: Cairns 1615 Mon, 1915 Wed/Fri


The Tilt Train AustraliaThe Tilt Train is fast becoming the most popular way to explore Queensland's coastal destinations. Reach fantastic getaways like whale watching at Hervey Bay, spectacular Fraser Island, the Great Barrier Reef and stunning Whitsundays.

Travelling along the coast is comfortable and relaxing aboard the Tilt Train. Passengers aboard the North Queensland service enjoy business seating throughout, with personal entertainment screens, laptop connections and personal power supply, and the option of in-seat dining or Club Car offering light meals and refreshments. If you're planning a shorter journey between south-east and central Queensland, the Tilt Train can connect you with most major holiday destinations. And you have the option of business or economy seating. The Tilt Train is the perfect way to holiday hop along Australia's north-eastern coast. Tilt Train services run between Brisbane and Cairns and between Brisbane and Rockhampton twice a week.

The Tilt Train offers Business class seating.

The Tilt Train RouteBrisbane to Hervey Bay
Distance 308 kms
Duration 4.5 hours
Departs: Brisbane 1100 & 1655 daily except Saturday
Arrives: Hervey Bay Transit Centre 1535 & 2130
(Maryborough West to Hervey Bay Transit Centre is operated by coach, approx 1 hour)

Brisbane to Cairns
Distance 1681 kms
Overnight service
Departs: Brisbane 1825 Mon/Fri
Arrives: Cairns 1820 Tue/Sat  

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